If Victor Frankenstein had created a bride for his monster, mankind would have been wiped out within 4,000 years, a new research paper concludes. Dartmouth University scientists studied Mary Shelley's 1818 Gothic masterpiece and concluded that it could have had a much more horrific ending. If the fictional scientist had acquiesced to his creation's pleas and created it a bride, mankind would have been'wiped out' by the competition from the pair, the scientists say following the'thought experiment'. If Victor Frankenstein had also created a bride, mankind would have been fictionally wiped out by the competition from the pair within 4,000 years. In the novel, the creature pleads with Frankenstein to create a female partner in order to ease his loneliness and says they will live together in isolation in the wilds of South America.
In 1818, the first copy of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published. Two hundred years later, it's still our go-to monster story, even if the cultural images we associate with it owe more to Boris Karloff's portrayal of the monster than Mary Shelley's original novel. Only a handful of books maintain relevance beyond a decade, let alone 200 years – yet Frankenstein endures to this day and still offers instant shorthand for cultural touchstones. Even the name Frankenstein conjures up images of a frightening hotchpotch concoction that isn't natural and shouldn't exist: Frankenfoods, Frankenbabies, and even Frankenalgorithms. That latter of these is important.
Despite its old fashion, Victorian era style the Frankenstein is still worth reading and studying at the light of today's progress and madness in artificial intelligence (AI). I read Frankenstein the same summer I discovered Asimov's Robots Cycle, and I can't help but relate the 2 centuries old novel to The Naked Sun. If you had to read only one of Asimov's Robots novel, pick up The Naked Sun. It revolves with a paradox in Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics where a robot ends killing a human. Did you ever notice how we often call Frankenstein's creature by the name of its creator?